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Indianapolis Music Events 6/17 to 6/20: Tim McGraw, Dave Matthews, High Five!

This weekend in Indianapolis music, frat boys jump out of their polo shirts and shell necklaces in excitement in Noblesville, Indianapolis businesses all over the city sell out of glow sticks for a certain party at Locals Only, gamers and DJ’s join forces and take over the Emerson Theater, bolo ties and cowboy hats migrate down to Bean Blossom for the mecca of bluegrass music, and soulful blues brings lawn chairs and music fans to Garfield Park. There’s a thousand musical things to do in Indianapolis this weekend, so get on out to those Indianapolis cultural districts!

The Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana has quite a big weekend coming up, with two massive names in United States music coming to the stage. First comes country crooner Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice Tour on Thursday. He’ll be playing with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft in a show that patrons of 8 Seconds Saloon will love. Tim McGraw is sure to draw listeners from all over Central Indiana, so be sure to snag your ticket before they’re all gone. Also at the Verizon Wireless Music Center is jam band idol Dave Matthews, the rocker you either adore or ignore. He’ll be playing on Saturday and Sunday, so you’ll have two chances to attend this likely sold out show.

On the old Americana side of things, two Indianapolis festivals are going on this weekend that might get your goat. The first is the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival that’ll take place in Garfield Park. Featuring lots of top Indianapolis blues artists, including Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors, the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival is sure to features some sweet licks, soulful crooning, and a whole lotta heartache. If the Delta’s too hot for you, head into mountain country with the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, which has been running this entire week. The final day for this massive Indianapolis event is on Saturday, so if you’ve got a pair of boots, stomp ’em down to Brown County to catch some top bluegrass groups.

And then there’s the wealth of special events going on at Indianapolis music venues around the Circle City. Locals Only is throwing their annual High Five! dance party this weekend, featuring Chicago remix master Midnight Conspiracy and Indy’s own hip-hop wordsmith, Grey Granite. Plenty of pulsing beats, careening glow sticks, and sweaty bodies will be at this party. On the stranger side of things, The Emerson Theater, normally the host of hardcore and punk bands, is holding a Super Street Fighter IV tournament this weekend with music provided by a cadre of Indianapolis DJ’s. Gamers and DJ’s are two sides of the computer-loving coin, so this pairing makes some sort of sense.

Of course, there’s lots more going on in Indianapolis than just the concerts and events above. Indianapolis bands are playing at Indianapolis bars, Indianapolis nightlife venues, and Indianapolis restaurants all over the city; that’s why we’ve got a show calendar. Take a look to see where your weekend will take you!

Thursday, June 17
Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat performing live; Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Ribs N’ Bone @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of Ribs N’ Bone performing live in Indianapolis


Doug Henthorn @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Doug Henthorn performing “I Am the Walrus” with Healing Sixes; Doug Henthorn will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Holiday, We Say Sunrise, Thank You & Goodnight @ The Dojo

Video of We Say Sunrise performing a cover of “Cute Without the E” live; We Say Sunrise will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend/td>


Concerts on the Canal Presents Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) Jazz Ensemble @ Indiana History Center
Phil Pierle @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Harper @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Love and Theft @ Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Tim McGraw performing live on the Today Show; Tim McGraw will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sour Mash @ Champps Americana Restaurant and Bar

Video of Sour Mash performing “Compost Religion” live; Sour Mash will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rob Sweets, Addiction, Miss Chely, Vika @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Rob Sweets performing live at the Winner’s Circle Lounge in Indianapolis


Brighton MA @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Brighton MA performing “Don’t Do It” live in Chicago; Brighton MA will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Cari Ray @ Mo’s Irish Pub

Video of Cari Ray performing “Boomerang Baby” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Cody Canada (of Cross Canadian Ragweed) @ The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana

Music video for “Alabama” by Cross Canadian Ragweed; Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed will be playing near Indianapolis this weekend/td>


Les Shelleys, Shelly Short, Holiday Band, Universe @ The Bishop

Video of Les Shelleys performing a cover of “Deep Blue Sea” live; Les Shelleys will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend/td>


Ranger, Yo Soybean, Unearthed, Jenny as a Boy @ The Melody Inn

Video of Yo Soybean performing “Breathing Down Our Necks” live while traveling through Georgia; Yo Soybean will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Midnight Ghost Train, Parlor Scouts, Small Arms Fire, The Kemps @ The Vollrath Tavern

Video of The Midnight Ghost Train performing “John the Revelator” live; Midnight Ghost Train will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Friday, June 18
Marcus Belgrave @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Marcus Belgrave sitting in with the Marcus Roberts Trio; Marcus Belgrave will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Paul Thorn, Jason Wilber @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Paul Thorn performing “If I Can Get Over Her” live; Paul Thorn will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Papadosio, Twin Cats, EN2 @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Papadosio performing “Polygons” live; Papadosio will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend/td>


City Lights, Falling With Styles, Amuse, Drop Out Kid @ Dojo

Video of City Lights performing live at the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis


Groovatron @ The Mousetrap

Video of Groovatron performing live at Forecastle Festival; Groovatron will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Paul Holdman Band @ Apres Jack’s

Video of the Paul Holdman Group performing “Sittin’ on Top of the World” live at the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis


Cool Creek Concert Series Presents Rich Hardesty @ Cool Creek Park in Westfield, Indiana

Video of Rich Hardesty performing “Indiana Girls” live; Rich Hardesty will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Darcy, The Day After, The Last Domino @ ES Jungle

Video of The Last Domino performing “Hyper-Ballad” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Tim Brickley and the Bleeding Hearts @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana

Video of Tim Brickley and the Bleeding Hearts performing live on television; Tim Brickley and the Bleeding Hearts will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend/td>


Zanna Doo @ The Rathskeller

Video of Zanna Doo performing live at the Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis


Austin McCutcheon, Vollmar @ Bishop

Video of Vollmar performing live; Vollmar will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Living Proof @ Moon Dog Tavern
Blonde Sonja @ Champps Americana Restaurant

Video of Blonde Sonja performing live; Blonde Sonja will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Blue Moon Revue @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Blue Moon Revue performing live in Chiago; Blue Moon Revue will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend/td>


Here Come the Mummies @ Bluebird

Video of Here Come the Mummies performing live; Here Come the Mummies will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Dave and Rae @ The Lakehouse

Video of Dave & Rae performing “Don’t Stop Believin” live in Indianapolis


Greta Speaks @ Britton Tavern
Lipstick Dynamite, They’ve Shot Flanigan, Secrets Between Sailors @ Vollrath Tavern

Video of Lipstick Dynamite performing live; Lipstick Dynamite will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Through Being Cool @ Mo’s Pub
Simeon Soul Charger, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The Down-Fi, Endiana @ Melody Inn

Video of Simeon Soul Charger performing live in Germany; Simeon Soul Charger will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Arthur Haan’s Uptown Jazz Quartet @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Saturday, June 19
Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Fest w/ Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors, Gene Deer, and more @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Video of Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors performing live; Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mike Clark @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of an instructional drum solo by Mike Clark, who will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gasoline Rally afterparty w/ The Leisure Kings, Playboy Psychonauts @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of The Leisure Kings performing “Rock You Like a Hurricane” live; Leisure Kings will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


High Five! Dance Party w/ Midnight Conspiracy, Grey Granite, and more @ Locals Only

Video of Midnight Conspiracy performing a MGMT cover live; Midnight Conspiracy will be playing at the High Five! dance party in Indianapolis this weekend


Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival Finale @ Bean Blossom Campground

Informational video of the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival near Indianapolis


Philip Stevens and the Open Road @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Casual Interruption @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Indiana Farm Aid w/ Stoned Circle @ Eagle Creek Park

Video of Stoned Circle performing a cover of “She Hates Me” live; Stoned Circle will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend/td>


Super Street Fighter IV Tournament w/ YB, DJ Kool Aid, The Berzerker Mode, and more @ Emerson Theater

Promotional video for the Super Street Fighter IV tournament at the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis this weekend


Brian Pitzer @ Lazy Daze Coffee House

Video of Brian Pitzer performing “Brand New Day” live; Brian Pitzer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel @ Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel performing live; Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Henry Lee Summer and Friends @ Champps Americana

Video of Henry Lee Summer performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis

 

September Sky, Blue Luster, Glass Identity Crisis, One Eyed Dog, Dead Man’s Grill @ Birdy’s

Video of The Glass Identity Crisis performing live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis

 

The Love Language, Quick Said the Bird, Gold Motel, Accordions @ The Vollrath

Video of Quick Said the Bird performing live; Quick Said the Bird will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Oliver Nelson Jr. Ensemble @ The Chatterbox
Southside Denny Snyder, Tommy McCracken & The Force of Habit @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of Southside Denny Snyder performing live; Southside Denny Snyder will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Dave Matthews Band @ Verizon Wireless Center

Video of the Dave Matthews Band performing live in Central Park; the Dave Matthews Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Sunday, June 20

 

Acoustic Catfish @ Artsgarden
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Johnny Dial and Friends @ Watkins Park


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